The first game, which starts at 8:40 p.m. E.T., has #9 Florida State at #1 Xavier. The Musketeers -5.5 and the over/under is 156.0. The second and final contest for Sunday features #13 Marshall at #5 West Virginia. That game starts at 9:4 p.m. E.T. In this match, the Mountaineers are at -13.0 and the over/under is 157.5
#9 Florida State at #1 Xavier
Midwest Region at 8:40 p.m.
FSU is averaging 81.3 PPG, while Xavier is putting up 84.8. The Musketeers are shooting 49% and the Seminoles 47%. The Noles are blocking more than five shots per game. A major advantage that Xavier possesses is in foul shooting. The Musketeers are good for 79%. The Seminoles are hitting just 68%.
For the Musketeers, guards Trevon Bluiett and Quentin Goodin are both essential performers. Bluiett leads all scorers with 19.6 PPG, and he contributes 5.6 RPG. Goodin is posting 5.0 APG while putting in 8.7 PPG. J.P. Macura is putting up 12.7 PPG and Kerem Kanter 10.8. Both are nabbing 4.5 RPG.
We are going to pick Florida State at +5.5. We expect a fairly close game. We’re also taking the over at 156.0.
Our Picks: FSU at +5.5 and over 156.0
#13 Marshall at #5 West Virginia
South Region at 9:40 p.m.
The Thundering Herd can put points on the scoreboard, as they are averaging 84.2 PPG. WVU is scoring 79.8. Marshall is shooting 47% from the field, while the Mountaineers are hitting 44% of their attempts. Both teams are 76% on foul shots and 36% on threes.
For the Mountaineers, guard Jevon Carter leads in scoring with 17.1 PPG and assists with 6.7 per game. He’s also taking in 4.7 RPG. Sophomore forward Sagaba Konate is a solid upfront guy in the paint, taking down 7.6 RPG and scoring 10.9 PPG. He’s shooting 51% from the floor. Guard Daxter Miles Jr. and forward Esa Ahmad are both consistent scorers.
We look for Marshall to keep this game close. We’re taking the Thundering Herd at+13.0. We’re taking the over at 157.5.
Our Picks: Marshall at +13.0 and over 157.5
Round Two 2018 NCAA Tournament Sunday Night Picks: Final Word
That’s it for our third group of Round Two 2018 NCAA Tournament Sunday night picks We have one more group to go and then it will be on to the Sweet 16. It’s been a heck of a ride so far. Next week should hold even more surprises and be more intense.